Beyoncé - BB&T Center, Sunrise - July 9

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Beyoncé
BB&T Center, Sunrise
July 9

You could divide Beyoncé's performance at the BB&T Center into two parts: the beginning of the night, when everyone was getting up to pee, and the end of the night, when everyone looked like they had to pee but were not running to the bathroom.

The evening started out with endless promos for everything Bey is slinging -- Goodwill donations, girl power with Hillary Clinton, Pepsi, her very own perfume, H&M... Did we miss anything? Probably. The diva is keeping busy putting her mug on everything short of a Beyoncé-inspired Depends line.

The fans never swayed in their devotion, but the first half of her actual performance played out like a Lifetime holiday movie, slow and sappy. But by about halfway through, it was clear the audience was going home hoarse and happy.

Instead of running you through the night, a show you might have already seen, here is a biting breakdown of her Mrs. Carter World Tour show, Wiki style.

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The Tunes
The problem with going to see someone at this point in her career -- beyond a novice, but not quite a classic -- is this: The set list relies a little too heavily on stuff no one but the singer gives a crap about.

Last night, there were too many tunes off of Beyoncé's last album, 4. It was top-heavy, with the saddest, slowest tunes weighing down the early part of the set. There was enough snooze appeal that it inspired us to sample the entire food court menu.

But Beyoncé knew when to throw down her cards without losing the game. She waited till about a third of the way in with "I Care" to demonstrate her vocal chops. It was quite a display of panty-dropping chord rocking. But then again, Bey is an experienced lip-syncer, so you start to wonder. It seemed she was singing the bulk of her songs live, but "Love on Top" really sounded prerecorded.

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As things went from "OK, cool, Beyoncé" to "Right on, Bey!," she floated out to the other side of the arena to a remote stage. She looked fabulous in a flattering, sparkling blue dress, but it was a slow float rather than a miraculous movement into the crowd.

She then sang "Irreplaceable" to the audience. You'd think, with the title, that it'd be a sweet thing to croon with your fans, but really the song is about your being very replaceable. That made it appear like she was insulting the crowd. They didn't notice. They were too busy screeching "to the left" into Bey's mic.

The Influences
These huge arena shows, with about ten costume changes, require interludes. So stars create cheesy videos to screen in between every third song. Usually, there's like a narrative -- Britney Spears had a whole femme fatale video series where she was a spy or something totally believable like that. But Beyoncé, oddly, had no story to tell. It did seem, though -- and we're just going to put this out there -- that the entire night was devoted to her sonic influences.

Remember seeing Madonna perform "Vogue" in 1990 at the VMAs? Beyoncé bit heavily off of the same Marie Antoinette, pre-French Revolution garb and bravado, adding in more than suggestive booty dancers. In a video intro set in the period, the singer is wearing an elaborate gown with white face. She says the words: "seduction, mysterious, exclusive," announcing, "Tonight, I choose you" before heading into "Naughty Girl." Very Madge.


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BB&T Center

1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise, FL

Category: Music

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